Tamara Sheward recommends Chapel Tattoo in Melbourne for anyone seeking a permanent souvenir.

WE’VE all seen ‘em, and a lot of us have, gallingly, got ‘em as well: crap tattoos. Barbed wire armbands, Chinese characters that smirkingly spell out the Shandy Special, or just faded smears that looked great… until the scabs fell off.

But if you live in — or are visiting — Melbourne, there’s one place where those of the arty/pain persuasion can get inked up with no fear of regret. Chapel Tattoo is where lovers of bold colours, old-and-new-school design and superlative technical skill come to worship, and for good reason too: the artists at Chapel specialise in high-end custom work that has earned them an enviable reputation around the world.

Rifle through the artists’ folios or fling even the most vague idea at the Chapel folk: you’re bound to stroll off with a beautiful (and non-fading!) permanent souvenir of your visit to Australia’s most creative capital city.

Bookings required. Chapel Tattoo, 155 Chapel St, Prahran, Victoria.
Visit www.chapeltattoo.com

About Tamara Sheward

In between travelling to exotic places around the world, Tamara Sheward has worked as a toy spider salesperson, a Guinness packer, a Quizmaster and an occasional journalist. She is the author of Bad Karma: Confessions of a Reckless Traveller in South-East Asia, the co-author of 101 Sudoku for Kids, and the author of The Little Aussie Alphabet Book and The Little Aussie Numbers Book.